Happy World Nutella Day! What does that mean for me? I’ve always liked Nutella. But it has lots of sugar and I don’t eat it anymore. What did I do about this dilemma? I made my own! And you can, too! It’s super easy and taste pretty darn good. Is it exactly the same? According to my boys, NO! But for me, it works and I’m happy.
I made the Nutella copycat and decided I needed to have it on some toast. I don’t often have gluten free bread, but happened to have some I’d recently bought at Costco. It comes in an interesting shape. After slathering on the Nutella, I noticed it kind of reminded me of a ghost. Then since it’s not Halloween, which would be super cute and fun to make these then, I made a second piece of toast and another cute ghost with a red mouth (although it looks more like a nose)—perfect! Now they look like a perfect Valentine pair—don’t they? Ready to dance the day away!
The recipe made a half quart (so 2 pints, it’s the wider but shorter jar), right? Yeah, I know, I could check on the world wide web or ask my mom, but I’m too lazy and just can’t wait to tell you about this. I know homemade versions of Nutella have been done before and I looked at some of them, but ultimately decided on my own amounts and ingredients. Some had added coconut oil and regular sugar, etc. I didn’t think that was necessary. I like the maple syrup I used in this, but I’m interested next time in trying to make it with raw honey, too. It’s definitely not too sweet, I’m now so used to things not being very sweet since I don’t eat much sugar/sweet things anymore, so this was just right for me. I believe it would even be considered Paleo and vegan.
Homemade Healthy Nutella, by Katrina, Baking and Boys! (Paleo, vegan, refined sugar free, gluten free, dairy free)
1 ½ cups toasted (and skinned) hazelnuts, chopped (I bought some that are already toasted and chopped, which I prefer over toasting and skinning them myself.)
½ cup cocoa powder
½ cup almond milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
½ cup Grade B maple syrup (Grade A is okay)
Put the hazelnuts in the bowl of a blender (I have a Blendtec, which is super powerful!). You could also use a food processor, but note that it does take a lot longer to grind the nuts into a butter, maybe 10 minutes. Pulse nuts in the blender, scraping down the sides every 10-20 seconds. In the Blendtec this literally only takes about 2 minutes until it’s a pretty smooth butter. Add the cocoa powder and half the almond milk and pulse to combine. Add the rest of the almond milk, vanilla and salt and pulse to combine well. Add about half the maple syrup and combine, taste and add more to your liking, up to half a cup. I used the full amount. I am going to try it with raw honey next time, I just like the flavor better. Store in a jar in the refrigerator. Makes half a quart/2 pints. This would be perfect to put in little jars for gifts, but it would be hard not to eat it instead.
I mean, really, this looks like it totally needed a companion. And I needed a second slice of toast with this Homemade Healthy Nutella on it, too. So it was a win for both of us. Until this started happening……..
Sorry ghosts on toast, it had to happen. ; )
You can find a whole lotta Nuttela greatness and love on the Facebook page and on Twitter. #WorldNutellaDay You can also find a lot more Nutella laden recipes (and mouth-watering photos) on my blog. I’ve been posting something for World Nutella Day since 2009! And guess what—my blog will be 8 years old in less than two weeks! How cool is that!